Ulster's chances of securing top spot in Heineken Champions Cup Pool A appear to be done and dusted after the EPCR confirmed this morning that the game between Racing 92 and Northampton Saints had been cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in the away squad, handing a 28-0 walkover for the French side.

In their statement, EPCR said they'd been informed of a number of Covid-19 cases in the Northampton side and that the Gallagher Premiership team would be unable to fulfil Sunday's fixture at Paris La Defense Arena.

The Top 14 club were awarded a 28-0 win in accordance with Tournament Rules.


It is Racing's second walkover of the competition, with neither Ospreys or Northampton having been able to fulfill their respective fixtures in Paris.

The outcome means that Ulster's chances of topping Pool A are now impossibly remote with Racing - after two heavy away wins and two walkovers - boasting a points difference of +102, while the Irish province are sitting on +15. Ulster host Clermont Auvergne in their final pool game this evening.

The match is the second Champions Cup contest to fall by the wayside this weekend, Cardiff awarded a 28-0 walkover against Toulouse, due to Covid cases in the latter squad, a result which assured Connacht of a place in the knockout phase.